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Australian Open: Djokovic and Nadal power into the Second Round

Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic began his quest for a record seventh Australian Open title with a hard earned win against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco while Rafael Nadal began with a convincing victory over German Florian Mayer at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.

World No.2 Djokovic won 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes to advance to the second round, with the second set alone taking over an hour. Djokovic raced to a 5-0 lead in the match and quickly closed out the opening set.

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Australian Open: Heather Watson knocks out Aussie no.1 Sam Stosur

Sulking around and dwelling on the past isn't the ointment of choice for Australia's leading woman tennis player Samantha Stosur after world No.86 Heather Watson ended her redemption run at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

"I've (comeback) before, I've done it many times before," the world No.17 told reporters after going down 3-6, 6-3, 0-6 in her opening round on Tuesday, adding there's "obviously things I need to improve" and "need to do it quickly" in the belief she'll make it back to the top.

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Australian Open: Serena Williams opens campaign with win over Bencic

Six-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams progressed to the second round at Melbourne Park with a straight-set win over Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic on Tuesday.

The 35 year old American legend won 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 19 minutes against 19-year-old Bencic, who had beaten her once previously and is considered a star of the future.

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Australian Open: Federer battles past Melzer to advance to second round

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer battled a bout of nerves and his Australian opponent Jurgen Melzer in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday night. Federer defeated Melzer 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 to earn his 308th Grand Slam victory.

"I was feeling nervous once the match actually started," Federer said. "I thought my serve was on and off in the beginning which surprised me a little bit, because in practice it's been going pretty well."

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Australian Open: Muguruza prepared to battle through the pain as she makes round 2

Spanish superstar GarbiƱe Muguruza has said that her knee would have to deteriorate considerably more to withdraw from the Australian Open. On Monday, she won her first match at the Australian Open, battling past Marina Erakovic 7-5, 6-4, but left the court to receive medical treatment after winning the first set as she was suffering from pain in her right knee.

"I took a medical timeout and became a little bit unfocused on the court, and it took me a couple of games to get into the match again," said Muguruza, who opened her season with a run to the Brisbane International semi-finals before retiring with a right thigh injury.

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Australian Open: Champion Kerber battles past Tsurenko into second round

World No.1 Angelique Kerber made a shaky start to her Australian Open title defence, edging past Lesia Tsurenko in a roller-coaster opening round match on Monday. Kerber looked in danger of getting beaten as the match made its way into the final set, however, the German responded to the crisis magnificently, taking the final five games to close out a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 victory.

In the second round, she will face compatriot Carina Witthoeft.

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Australian Open: American Shelby Rogers sends Simona Halep crashing out in First Round

American Shelby Rogers provided the first upset of the 2017 Australian Open on Monday morning, thrashing world no.4 Simona Halep 6-3, 6-1 in the first round.

Rogers, ranked no.52 in the world, had been beaten, ironically enough by the exact same scoreline in the only previous meeting between the two players.

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